Current Fellows

  • Jaqueline Contrera Avila

    Mentor: Jasjit Ahluwalia

    Jaqueline Avila received her Ph.D. in Population Health Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2020. Jaqueline’s focus is on how tobacco use and smoking cessation disparities impact health outcomes and health services utilization of vulnerable populations such as cancer survivors and racial-ethnic minorities in the U.S. using population-based studies and quantitative methods.

    Funded by the Center for Addiction & Disease Risk Exacerbation (CADRE)

  • Benjamin Berey

    Mentors: Elizabeth Aston and Jane Metrik

    Benjamin Berey received his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from the University of Florida in 2020. Ben’s research focuses on etiologic risk factors for substance use disorders, particularly AUD, using human laboratory alcohol administration paradigms to examine how individual differences in facets of impulsivity and subjective responses are related to heavy drinking and AUD risk.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Hannah Doucette

    Mentor: Nancy Barnett

    Hannah Doucette received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in 2020. Hannah’s research interests include the development of interventions for adolescents and young adults focused on substance use, dating violence, and sexual risk behavior.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Arryn Guy

    Mentor: Christopher Kahler

    Arryn Guy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2020. Arryn’s research focuses on the translation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions from testing to implementation using community-engaged research methods, with the ultimate goal of increasing rates of HIV viral suppression and reducing HIV-related comorbidities among racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities.

    Funded by the Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV T32 at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Michelle Haikalis

    Mentors: Nancy Barnett and Lindsay Orchowski

    Michelle Haikalis received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2019. Michelle is dedicated to studying the intersection of alcohol use and sexual violence through the use of laboratory, naturalistic, self-report and qualitative methodologies.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Nathan T. Kearns

    Mentor: Jane Metrik

    Nathan T. Kearns received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of North Texas in 2020. Nathan’s research takes a biopsychosocial approach to examining etiological mechanisms and developmental pathways between posttraumatic stress, (poly)substance use, and substance-related outcomes.

    Funded by the NIDA T32

  • Gabriela López

    Mentors: Jennifer Merrill and Lindsay Orchowski

    Gabriela López received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2020. Gaby’s work focuses on the intersection of alcohol use and sexual victimization among sexual and racial/ethnic minority women.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Samuel Meisel

    Mentor: Robert Miranda

    Samuel Meisel received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) in 2020. Sam’s research takes a bio-ecological approach to study the initiation, escalation, and treatment of adolescent substance use, particularly in the social relationships of youth in substance use treatment.

    Funded by a NIAAA F32

  • Melissa Pielech

    Mentor: Robert Miranda

    Melissa Pielech received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2019. Melissa's research interests are in pediatric chronic pain and opioid use disorders, family-based treatment approaches, and implementation science.

    Funded by a NIDA F32

  • Samantha Portis

    Mentor: Carolina Haass-Koffler

    Samantha Portis received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Neuorscience from the University of South Florida in 2020. Samantha’s research will explore the impact of chronic alcohol misuse on neurogenesis and cognitive function in an aging population and the potential rescue effects of a nutraceutical. 

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Robert Rosales

    Mentors: Christina Lee and Suzanne Colby

    Robert Rosales received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College in 2018. Robert investigates the effects of structural and interpersonal racism on the disparities in ethnoracial minority behavioral health (i.e., mental health and substance use) and treatment access, with an emphasis on intersectional ethnoracial minority groups.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • L. Morgan Snell

    Mentor: Jennifer Tidey

    L. Morgan Snell received her Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. Morgan uses behavioral economic methods to investigate tobacco and substance use disparities, and focuses on evaluating the intended and unintended effects of tobacco, substance use, and behavioral health policies.

    Funded by the NIDA T32

  • Natasha Sokol

    Mentors: Laura Stroud and Jane Metrik

    Natasha Sokol received her Sc.D. in Social Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018. Natasha is a social epidemiologist whose research identifies the processes that contribute to inequities in drug use, treatment, and consequences throughout the life course and intergenerationally.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Angela Stevens

    Mentor: Kristina Jackson

    Angela Stevens received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2019. Angela’s substantive research interests include the interplay of impulsivity, impaired control, and problematic alcohol and cannabis use in young adults.

    Funded by the NIDA T32

  • David G. Zelaya

    Mentor: Christopher Kahler

    David Zelaya received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University in 2019. David’s research focuses on examining health disparities, from an intersectionality and minority stress lens, among BIPOC (with an emphasis on Latinx communities) and Queer communities. Clinically, he is interested in providing culturally competent behavioral health services to vulnerable populations (e.g., Spanish-speaking Latinx people).

    Funded by the Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH)